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The Inclusive Language Field Guide: 6 Simple Principles for Avoiding Painful Mistakes and Communicating Respectfully
Keep away from inadvertently offending or alienating anybody by following six easy communication pointers developed by a no-nonsense linguistic anthropologist and enterprise advisor.

In at this time’s fast-moving and combative tradition, language can really feel like a minefield. Phrases round gender, incapacity, race, sexuality and extra are consistently evolving. Phrases that was once acceptable can now get you “cancelled.” Individuals are afraid of constructing embarrassing errors. Or sounding outdated or out of contact. Or not being as respectful as they meant.

But it surely’s not as difficult because it might sound. Linguistic anthropologist Suzanne Wertheim presents six easy-to-understand rules to information any communication—written or spoken—with anybody:

• Replicate actuality
• Present respect
• Draw folks in
• Incorporate different views
• Stop erasure
• Acknowledge ache factors

This information clarifies the challenges—and the options—to utilizing “they/them,” and demonstrates why “you guys” is not as inclusive as many individuals assume. Should you comply with the rules, you will know to not ask a feminine coworker with a marriage ring about her husband—as a result of she could be married to a lady. And you may keep away from writing issues like “America was found in 1492,” as a result of that is simply when Europeans discovered it.

Stuffed with real-world examples, high-impact phrase substitutions, and workout routines that increase new abilities, this e-book builds a foundational toolkit so folks can consider what’s and is not inclusive language on their very own.

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  1. S. BooneS. Boone

    I was so excited to receive my copy of Dr. Suzanne Wertheim’s book, The Inclusive Language Field Guide. Too often, conversations about language focus on just wanting to learn the “correct” word to call something, but those words will likely change just as soon as you learn it. With Wertheim’s six principles of inclusive language, people will understand WHY it is important to always be open to learning new terminology versus just wanting to know WHAT the correct terminology is.

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  2. Brett Bowman

    I think this book is going to have a good effect on a lot of people. The explanation of linguistic truths was very helpful, and I’m already using them in many areas of my life – for example, how technical terms are downgraded to pejorative terms, and end up being changed, only to be downgraded and changed again. And “language is like a fungus” and “language is social action” are so interesting and catchy. I also learned more about autism than I expected and it has helped me relate and be nonjudgemental.

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  3. J. W.

    It was nice to learn some of the reasons why using certain words is not inclusive. The book was easy to understand and it will be easy to apply the key takeaways! Definitely not a book just for DEI people.

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  4. Christopher Sondreal

    …but by its very nature, the language you use changes over time. This thoughtful tome provides a framework you can use to self-critique today – or a decade from now. I’m eager to share this book with some friends and colleagues who’ve professed a desire to ‘do the work’!

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  5. Miss C N Roberts

    “The Inclusive Language Field Guide” by Suzanne Wertheim shows that it doesn’t take much effort to be inclusive in your language, and demonstrates the best practices to ensure you are not inadvertently causing pain to someone with your word choices or actions.The book covers more than pronouns, including unconscious demoting, how to deal with ‘difficult’ names and how to comfortably address a person with a disability. The use of examples were particularly helpful and painted a picture that I couldn’t get out of my mind.This book is so needed. It deserves to be on the compulsory reading lists for teaching colleges and medical schools. I have learned a lot from this book that I can put into practice to help me consider the needs of people I come into contact with, making them feel comfortable and welcomed. Thank you to the publisher and author for access to an advanced digital copy. All opinions are my own.

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  6. Jason D. Patent, Ph.D.

    Language is something humans do, and there’s a science for studying it: linguistics. Mostly this science sits, unused, in the ivory tower. Until now.Dr. Wertheim’s brilliant, practical field guide is like nothing you’ve ever read. She steers clear of the usual trap of simple (usually unhelpful) lists of dos and don’ts. Instead, she explains *how* language works *in context*, so that we can understand not only why inclusive language seems so tricky and elusive, but what we can actually do to use language more inclusively.Please, please get this book and read it. And tell everyone else about it. We need more and more folks with the skills you’ll gain from the book.

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  7. K. Sperling

    This book will help EVERYONE who reads it. Dr. Wertheim gives clear, easy-to-understand explanations of her 6 principles of inclusive language. Once you have these tools, you will feel confident in knowing that your language, both written and oral, draws all your listeners/readers in and is respectful of all. Even if you think you already know how to be inclusive with your language, I guarantee you will learn something new after reading this book. You will also understand the reasoning behind certain updated word choices, and then be able to apply this reasoning to future situations. This book will help for parents, HR teams, school principals, anyone in an office environment…basically, the tools in this book will help improve your relationships in all facets of your life.

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  8. randi a neiner

    This book is not only timely, but timeless as it takes. a positive approach with the understanding that words, phrases and communication styles not only have impact, but change over time. The messages are practical and easy understand and I think this is a must read for people who really care about taking a humanistic approach to getting along in today’s world.

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